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Christianna Taylor
MDRS Spaceward Bound Crew 53


Christianna Taylor was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  She went to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) for high school and Boston University (BU) to study Aerospace Engineering.  While at BU she served as a Student Advisor, Resident Assistant, Vice President of the step group Tru Sole and President of the Minority Engineers’ Society (MES) a subchapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  She has received two NSBE scholarships for Fulfilling the Legacy (2004-2005, 2005-2006) and is the recipient of the Boston University Scarlet Key Award, the highest non-academic honor awarded at BU for service to the community.  Currently she is working towards her PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology under her advisor Dr. Mavris in the Aerospace Systems Design Lab (ASDL).  She is an active NSBE participant with the NSBE Space Special Interest Group and hopes to contribute to their satellite systems and space operations research. 

Her future goals are to work for NASA after she receives her PhD, apply to be an astronaut, and eventually become a professor.  She enjoys reading, ceramics, sailing, TaeKwon-Do and dancing.  Her motto is “Life is good, so enjoy”.  She is very excited to work with the Spaceward Bound Program and hopes to excite the future astronauts and aerospace engineers through mentoring and leadership by example. 


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in partnership with
Mars Society,
NASA Explorer Schools,
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS),
National Society of Black Engineers - Space Special Interest Group (NSBE - Space),
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Last Updated: June 2011